Definition of highly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪli/


1At or to a high degree or level: [as submodifier]: a highly dangerous substance highly paid people
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  • Even exposure to relatively low levels of this highly poisonous gas can cause brain damage or death.
  • On one side the tiles are broken and the steps into the pool are loose and highly dangerous.
  • She said she did not blame the driver, but felt the junction was highly dangerous.
very much, to a great extent;
Scottish  unco;
French très;
Northern English  right
informal terrifically, awfully, terribly, devilishly, madly, majorly, seriously, desperately, mega, ultra, oh-so, too-too, stinking, mucho, damn, damned, too … for words
informal, dated devilish, hellish, frightfully
British informal ever so, well, bloody, dead, dirty, jolly, fair
North American informal real, mighty, powerful, awful, plumb, darned, way, bitching
South African informal lekker
archaic exceeding, sore
1.1Favourably: his colleagues think very highly of him
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  • He is very popular with his colleagues and highly regarded by senior officers.
  • It is true he polarises people, but where I am from he is highly regarded by the community.
  • He's a screenwriter and apparently is very highly regarded in the industry.
favourably, well, warmly, appreciatively, admiringly, approvingly, positively, glowingly, enthusiastically, with praise, with admiration, with approbation


Old English hēalīce (see high, -ly1).

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